Ho Ho, Merry Christmas, Bonne Fête à Tous and All The Rest

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I have yet to write a Christmas letter.  I LOVE reading Christmas letters.  It is fantastic to see how well everyone is doing.  We once received a Christmas letter that was quite macabre.  I kept that one.  They totally said that out loud.

I’ve always toyed around with writing a Christmas letter that didn’t highlight the highlights of the year.  I was thinking something like a 2013 post-mortem listing all the ways we messed up throughout the year.   That’s not all that interesting for others.  Instead, I’ve done a review in pictures.  I suppose I’ll stick with that theme.  The cows have been well behaved minus a few advances to the next paddock.  We suffered from the one gastro bug ( Brent and Z excluded ).  My yuppie cashmere has finally started  showing fatigue … or is that patina.  I should be …uh …  Jean should be writing this in third person.  Jean took a few photos during deux mille treize that sum up our year.  Except for the part when Jean was dealing/raising a small dragon with her hunky husband.  Z is in school now, so we share training our dragon with the village.  Sometimes, it takes a village to train a dragon.

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This barn cat is useless.  His fluffy, gray fluff will not distract from the fact that he is no mouser.  What a puffy gray fat pat!

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Frites fried in tallow taste good. McDos was right!

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This year, we used the big chain.  I don’t remember what for, but … we used the big chain!

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An over-the-top solution to keep your fence up.  But isn’t it fun to drive the digger?

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I discovered Madiran.  Yum yum Madi-yum.

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The internet went down in 2013.  A few days ” offline.”  Crazy times.  Bumble bees were roasted.

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It snowed!  And it was beautiful!  And then it went away!
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Veal box!  So tender and so tasty.

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We lost our happy neighbors to the great warm that is Australia.

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We deliver to Bordeaux!

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Bordeaux is beautiful!

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It rained a lot.

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The girls are loving the pasture.

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This is breakfast.

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The rye grass worked out well.

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We have super cool new neighbors!

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Z still loves her hats.

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Our neighbors grow big lettuce.

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I sat!
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Lucy got really into cooking.

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Kevin visit!  Oh the kids love Kevin.

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Kids and Kevin do … Jean doesn’t know what they do.

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Brent and Kevin test out the big frigo van.

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Brent packs boxes for our customers.

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The boys drink some hot cocoa.

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My outdoor chair saw the light of day!

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Minty stood still for her wax statue.

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Z started school!  She can’t stop talking in French.  This is great for Jean’s French language education.
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The family loves the siphon!  The tongue deal is not my line of genetics.

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Nana cuddled with the girls.

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Otto made a Tetris game with Lego.

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Lucy is running the chicks.  Her forty beauties are laying well despite the cold.

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Z helps in her super, wet barriered bear slippers.

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Brent got a bit muddy.

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Otto snapped this of Jean doing the Sunday sheet change.  You can tell Jean really loves the Sunday sheet change.

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We set sh*t on fire.

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Hunka hunka burnin’ love arrive.

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This poor dog hit an all time doggy low with the floaty.

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A new fluff-ball will arrive soon to start off our 2014.

A very merry Christmas to you and a Happy New Year.  What are you up for next year?  Are you feeling calm?

12 thoughts on “Ho Ho, Merry Christmas, Bonne Fête à Tous and All The Rest

  1. JillB December 22, 2013 / 4:45 pm

    Merry Christmas from San Diego.
    Thank you for your wonderful blog! I live in France vicariously through you. I feel like a long lost auntie peeking in on your life.
    I am looking forward to your new year adventures!
    Happy New Year to you.
    May it be Joyous and Prosperous!
    Jill B.

    • Jean Curtis December 22, 2013 / 5:40 pm

      Viva le San Diego! Next year should be exciting. We have a lot of lovely beef to sell. 2014 should be very busy!

      I miss that sweet inhale of salty sea surfy breeze. Hang loose chica 😉

  2. Mark Griffi December 22, 2013 / 7:34 pm

    Mery Christmas Jean and Brent and family. The letter was good, my favorite kind

    • Jean Curtis December 23, 2013 / 2:10 pm

      I hope you and your family are warm and healthy!

      • Domaine de Sedouprat December 24, 2013 / 2:41 pm

        Hey you all, thanks so much for the lovely meat your lovely neighbor brought on sunday evening!!
        A very merry xmas and a fabulous new year, hope to see you soon!
        Love from Nick and Diana xxxxx

  3. cecilia December 22, 2013 / 7:58 pm

    And a merry bloody christmas to you too! Your photos are always so gorgeous, hope you wore the lippy for sheet changing day.. new pup looks ridiculously sweet.. have a great time in the Silly Season.. c

    • Jean Curtis December 23, 2013 / 2:12 pm

      Damn straight I wore lippy! I’m working through my entire yuppie lipstick collection until there is no more. Then … I will buy some more. But at Gascon rates ;).

      • cecilia December 23, 2013 / 2:38 pm

        I am off to pick up the christmas pork and ham, at my little locker.. I shall put on some bright lipstick and scare all the men in their bloody white coats, just for you!.. c

  4. grasspunk December 22, 2013 / 8:28 pm

    “it takes a village to train a dragon” ooo, nice one.

    • Jean Curtis December 23, 2013 / 2:13 pm

      I’m still working out who carries the “dragon” gene.

      • grasspunk December 28, 2013 / 4:26 pm

        As someone who talks to you in the morning I’d say there’s no question there.

  5. Jean Curtis December 23, 2013 / 2:58 pm

    M. C, whew! My job is done. I’ll crack open that Madiran. 🙂

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